The Last of Five Castello Pipes – an Old Antiquari KKKK Saddle Billiard with Fumee Finish

The fifth and final pipe in the Castello lot, an Old Antiquari KKKK Saddle Billiard, was arguably the most difficult of the lot to refurbish, not because of any major flaws or damages, but rather due to its regular, if not favourite, position in the owner’s rotation. While just as well cared for as the…

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Quick Cleanup for a Castello Old Antiquari KKKK

The fourth of five Castello pipes sent to me for cleanup and sale is a sandblasted Old Antiquari KKKK 1/8th Bent in what I will label as a Billiard despite its slightly unusual contours. While the rear line of the bowl is straight, the front of the bowl is slightly concave, giving the pipe a…

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Freshening a Lovely Castello Natural Virgin G Bent Billiard

This is the third of five Castello pipes sent to me for cleanup and sale. I posted the refurbishments of the first two some time ago but have been distracted by the Brigham book for a bit. Now that I’ve got a bit of breathing room in the schedule it’s time to finish off this…

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Renewing a Beautiful Castello “Castello” G Bent Billiard

This is the second of five Castello pipes I have been asked to restore and sell. Last time, we lookd at a sandblasted Castello Old Antiquari Oom Paul. This week we’re cleaning up a Castello “Castello” G Bent Billiard. Castello was founded by Carlo Scotti in Italy in 1947 and has become known for its…

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Freshening a Castello Old Antiquari KKKK Oom Paul

I missed last Friday’s post so I thought I’d push this one out a bit early. Posts will be spread out a bit over the next month or so to give me time to work on the Brigham book. I hope their quality makes up for the lack of quantity! – Charles Not long ago,…

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